Study: More Breast Cancer biopsies could be done by needle - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Study: More Breast Cancer biopsies could be done by needle

Posted:

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (KWWL) --  According to a new study, the number of women getting surgical biopsies to check for breast cancer is higher than it should be.

A study from the University of Florida found 30% of Breast Cancer biopsies were done surgically from 2003 to 2008.  Since 80% of breast biopsies are benign, researchers say many of them could have been done through needle biopsy.

The study says needle biopsies are safer, less invasive and cheaper.  But they're also commonly done by a radiologist, meaning surgeons would lose out on the biopsy fee.

Click here to see the full study.

Powered by Frankly